The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off the American auto show circuit each December. California stands as not only one of the world’s biggest economies, but also among the largest markets for vehicles—and luxury vehicles in particular. Automakers’ choice of what to unveil here reflects the primacy of the market. During the advanced press preview, we strolled the giant floor at the downtown Convention Center in order to cull this selection of the most compelling and significant reveals. From a futuristic, all-electric Volkswagen bus to a sleek, almost menacing looking new Mercedes-AMG, we were impressed with much of what we saw on the floor. Below, AD surveys the cars we’re most excited about from this years show (listed in alphabetical order).